Police in Nigeria have called on youths and group of persons intending to embark on any form of illegal procession during the yuletide season to refrain from such plan, as strategy has been put in place to stop such activities.
The AIG Zone Nine, Usman Gwary, gave the warning on Friday while addressing reporters in Umuahia, Abia State in south-east Nigeria.
He said that the police commands within the zone were on red alert to resist any movement that would cause any breakdown of law and order.
Recently, a group, Independent People of Biafra,seeking the actualisation of the State of Biafra, has held series of protests in the region, hampering business activities in the south-east.
The group is also calling for the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing trial and is being detained by the Department of State Service despite an order of a magistrate court granting him bail since October 19.
Mr Kanu is facing a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society which he has pleaded not guilty to.
Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone nine, Umuahia, Usman Gwary, says crime rate has reduced drastically in Anambra State.
Mr Gwary made the statement on Wednesday, during his courtesy visit to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.
The AIG said that the crime rate was reduced as a result of the strategic application of some innovative security measures in the state, especially in the area of community policing.
The tour, according to him, was in response to the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to visit Police formations in states under his jurisdiction and acquaint them with the current security policies of the present police administration.
Addressing the police officers, the AIG, commended the Command for a good result obtained in a secret investigation conducted by a special team in which the South-east police formations were rated high.
On the latest security strategies, Mr Gwary mentioned Visibility Policy, Robust and Enhanced Patrol, Periodic raids in black spots and flash points of criminal activities and intelligence.
He said Anambra State has all the structure in place which has resulted to a peaceful atmosphere in the state.
Governor Obiano, assured the police that he would do more for the state security in the area of training officers, provision of vehicles and communication gadgets.
He urged them not to relent but work assiduously for the safety and security of the state.
Meanwhile, Thirty two year old, Abdul Makong, whose arrest was made possible through the effort of a traditional ruler was paraded.
Also a graduate of Political science who claimed to be an Assistant Superintendent of Police tried to defraud the Traditional Ruler of Isiagu community with the claims that he would assist the community members get recruited in the ongoing police recruitment exercise before he was arrested.
The new Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hosea Hassan Karma, has said he will key into the security apparatus set up by his predecessor and that of the state government to sustain the tempo of the war against crime and criminality in the state.
The new police chief made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the state governor, Willie Obiano, at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia, in the company of the former Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, who has been made an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 9.
Hassan Karma before his redeployment to Anambra was the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Governor Obiano, while welcoming him, expressed optimism that new police commissioner will intensify the war against crime in the state just as his predecessor has done while pledging to give him all the required and necessary support.
Two active kidnap dens have been demolished by the Police in Anambra State at Odida-Ogidi and Ire-Ojoto in Idemili North and South Local Government areas of the state.
Leading the demolition squad, the State Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, said that the kidnap den in Ogidi, a rented bungalow, have fetched the suspected kidnappers over 100million Naira and has housed over twelve victims.
The den in Ire Ojoto, however, has been used to keep over 30 victims and during a search in the house on arrival, two bags of Indian hemp were recovered.
The police, alongside two kidnap suspects took the press to the two active kidnap hideouts.
The Odida-Ogidi kidnap den was indeed a haven as the bushy and isolated location made it easy for the kidnappers’ sinister operation. Various items including food, furniture and electrical appliances were recovered from the rented three bedroom bungalow depicting constant habitation of the house.
The Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, stated that according to the law of the state, the Governor has given his express approval for the demolition of the building while the right of occupancy by the owner revoked.
At Ire-Ojoto was a building which had been built since October 1963 by late Chief Edwin Okigbo. It was pulled down as it was proved beyond doubt that the building in the last few years had been turned into a very active kidnap den.
While the villagers watched from a distant, a family member and chairman of the community vigilante group, Mr. Paul Okigbo, expressed surprise at the development but still maintained that the law must take its full course if the story told about the house being a kidnap den was true.
In a similar development at the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Awkuzu, 17 suspects were paraded amongst whom were 5 female suspects who were arrested for number plate forgery as well as forgery of all kinds of motorcycle particulars and documents.
The male suspects were arrested for mostly armed robbery in which a 3-man gang amongst them was notorious for diverting goods from unsuspecting heavy duty truck drivers on the major highways. All the arrests were made in one week.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Emeka Chukwuemeka, showed the State Commissioner of Police, who arrived at the SARS office, some of the goods recovered from the suspects. He also gave details of the arrest.
The brigade’s attack on criminals, according to the State Commissioner of Police, would continue until the state is rid of kidnapping, armed robbery and all forms of criminal activities.
The Anambra State governor has distributed 25 security vehicles to the Joint Security Operation, code named “Operation Nkpochapu”, in the state to boost security operations.
The development is a clear resolve of Anambra State government to support in the fight against crime and criminality towards achieving a crime free state.
At Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of the Anambra State on Tuesday, the state governor, Willie Obiano, presented the brand new security vehicles to the Police, Army, State Security Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He told the security personnel that the vehicles were the first of 200 security vehicles his administration would procure for the security agencies to empower them totally in order to sustain the tempo of the fight against criminal elements in the state.
The vehicles are to be used in strategic places for quick response to distress calls and daily patrol of all parts of the state.
Fifteen of the vehicles would go to the Police, three for the Army, two for the State Security Service and one each for Nigeria Navy and NDLEA.
Governor Obiano also assured the Navy that the government would procure a gun boat and repair all grounded gunboats belonging to the Navy and NDLEA to assist them in securing the water ways effectively.
The governor maintained that the war declared on criminals would be sustained as there would be no retreat.
The vehicles were launched and distributed. The state Commissioner of Police and leader of the State Joint Security Operation, Usman Gwary, responding on behalf of the other service chiefs, assured indigenes of their commitment to the course for which they were called.
Commenting on the development in security operations in the state, Chris Azubogu of the House of Representatives, Victor Okoye of the State House of Assembly and Obinna Emenaka, also of the State House of Assembly, who were present, commended the initiative of the State government to take seriously the issue of security, legitimately, as never before in the history of the state since creation.
The ceremony was witnessed by members of the State Executive Council, Service Chiefs and Traditional rulers.
Officers of the Anambra State Police Command have arrested 20 suspected kidnappers within one week of its ‘Operation Clear All’ aimed at ridding the state of criminals.
The operation is against kidnappers and armed robbers who in the recent times have made life uncomfortable for people in in the State.
The police also recovered sophisticated arms and ammunition, 9,000 live cartridges and bags of Indian hemp from the suspects.
Addressing reporters on the development, the state Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, announced a continuous manhunt on kidnappers and armed robbers until Anambra becomes safe and peaceful.
He warned kidnappers to desist from the act, reminding them that the death penalty awaits perpetrators of such crime when found guilty after prosecution.
At the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS) in Awkuzu, the arms on display, recovered from able bodied young men who chose to live crook, spoke volume of the weight of the arrest made.
They were all arrested within one week and in different locations as they flee areas of crime once they obtain the ransom demanded.
The State Commissioner of Police identified their areas of specialty and mode of operation while reeling out the arms recovered from the criminal suspects. He maintained that the war would not stop until criminality in all shades and form is caged in the state.
While some of them bowed their heads in shame, one known as “Nwa Jesus” (son of Jesus) did not only self-confessed his crime but was unscathed of the consequences of his actions.
He told the story of his escapades and how he collected 10 million Naira in his last operation
Reacting to the latest development, having spear headed the formation of a Joint Security Task Force, the state governor, Willie Obiano, assured the police of his support, as they work to secure the state.
While the police paraded the suspected kidnappers, the State Department of Security Services (DSS), also paraded four car snatching suspects in the command headquarters in Awka.
These recent developments, the people say, will go a long way to restore the confidence of the people in the security agents in the state as well as the government of the day.